Decorative Wall Panels, Screens, and Interior Design

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One element that comes with good interior design is the idea of visual variation, which can be achieved through contrasting textures. One great way to strategize around that idea is the decorative wall panel, which can be subtle or bold, muted or colorful, depending on what you’ve got in mind.

To speak to this is writer Althaf Ahmed, who talks about the ways and means that wall panels and screens can add punch to your interior design plan.


I stumbled across a tip a few weeks ago that I thought I’d like to share with everyone. It’s very easy to implement and if you’re thinking of selling your home, it can be a great way to add some value with very little investment. Decorative wall panels have been popular for a while, but the tip that I came across didn’t just use them in the traditional way of putting two or three side by side to create the illusion of a separated piece of fluid art. Instead, it placed each piece of the wall panel set around the room or in different rooms of the house to “connect” the rooms together.

Today we’re going to discuss what decorative wall panels are, where you can get them, and how they can make a huge impact on a room without much effort on your part. There are some neat tricks below, so I suggest you keep on reading.

Photo: welshmackem

Decorative wall panels

The most common approach to wall panels is to take an artistic theme, normally something simple and tranquil like a flower or scene in nature, and make two or three variations of it in additional pieces of art. Then, each panel is hung side by side to imply that all of the pieces are designed to go together, when in fact each one of them is an actually separate piece. The technique is often used in modern homes for a “zen” feeling in a room, but can be used almost anywhere to make a room seem more modern or more sophisticated that it once did.

I’m a big fan of utilizing decorative wall panels in my home and actually have two sets of three on the walls. One set is in my bedroom and features scenes of lions in the wild, and the panels in my living room are three acrylic flowers that are spaced out above the couch. They were the same color as my couch, so I was able to get them to bring out the otherwise “dull” beige of my couch.

Room dividers

Another tip that I’m going to throw into the same category as wall panels is using room dividers to add depth and character to a room. Similar to wall panels, room dividers are themselves divided into separate sections, each with their own design on each panel. While these panels can’t be separated like the wall hanging ones can, putting a Japanese style room divider in the corner of a room can fill out a dead corner or section off a private space in a bedroom. I don’t recommend using these in a living room or room that gets a lot of traffic, as they’re not really social pieces.

What to Look At

Alright, so I’ve talked for quite a bit about what room dividers and wall panels are, but where do you go about getting them for your own home. It may take a little while to find something that will not only suit the color scheme of the rest of your room, but once you find something that works, you can try utilizing the tip mentioned in the introduction by spacing out the wall panels throughout the room or throughout the home as opposed to putting them side by side. Putting the same type of art throughout an area of the home gives a sense of continuity that’s often missing from people’s homes and ends up making them seem unwelcoming.

Wrought Iron Metal Wall Sculpture

This one really caught my eye as I was looking through for things to recommend. You can see in some of the product description pictures that some buyers have tried moving the panels around so that they’re not bunched up in the same location. It adds character to the wall and makes the eye shift around the entire wall to take in the entire piece, exposing visitors to the entirety of your room, as opposed to just a single spot. There are enough colors in this piece that it will work well in almost any existing color scheme.

  • Product Size: Each panel measures 31″H x 8″W x 1″D; Has 4 panels total
  • Color: Tanish with dark brown highlighting, rose, brick, indigo, white, charcoal, plum, and gray highlights.
  • Includes hangers to mount on the wall

Japanese Style Folding Shoji Floor Screen

Phew, that’s a mouthful to say. This is the type of screen I was talking about though.

Photo: Conveyor belt sushi

These screens are extremely lightweight, so you won’t have any trouble moving it to new locations if you’re not satisfied with when you put it initially. Also, because it comes in a variety of different colors, you shouldn’t have a hard time finding one that matches your existing furniture.

Final Thoughts

Hopefully you’ve gotten a few ideas for your home from this article. I’ve always been a big fan of decorative wall panels, and may even get some more to put in places like the bathroom and kitchen. They really are an inexpensive way of adding character to a room, and best of all, they’re easy to install.

Just like hanging pictures, all you’ll need is a nail and a level to make sure everything is lined up. If you’re feeling daring, you could try incorporating both the wall panels and room divider into the same room. As always, any tips or comments you have can be posted below. Happy decorating!


Thanks, Althaf!

Althaf Ahmed is the co-founder of Social Hacks, a blog containing tips and guides to better living. He recently authored a detailed guide to Vinyl Wall Art.






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